Jen-Hsun and Lori Mills Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex Opening 2025

$200 million research facility will tackle global challenges with one of higher ed’s fastest supercomputers

Staff report

Oregon State University has embarked on an ambitious plan to build a $200 million research complex to tackle global challenges by harnessing team-based, transdisciplinary research in multiple areas, including artificial intelligence, materials science, and robotics.

Time and tide

Photos by Johanna Carson, Courtesy of O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab and Oregon State University

In 1971, Howard Hinsdale asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate his technique for building jetties and breakwaters. They wouldn’t do it, so he built a place that would.

Beavers trio keeps data flowing in the fast lane

Photo by Karl Maasdam

Kent Lusted (left), Douglas Boom, and Fred Barbee have been with Intel for a combined 73 years.

Douglas Boom speaks about Ethernet with a level of respect that borders on spiritual reverence. It’s easy to attribute his attitude to professional pride, a career full of noteworthy accomplishments, and a job that he clearly loves. But it doesn’t take long to understand that there’s much more behind his message, and he’s out to spread the word.

Leaving her mark on campus

Photo by Johanna Carson

Emma Knight finished her mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree in 2016, but she keeps coming back to Oregon State. 

Her first job after graduating was as a mechanical designer with Systems West Engineers, in Springfield. That brought her back to the Corvallis campus to conduct pre-analysis for what would become the four-year, $159 million Cordley Hall renewal project, scheduled for completion in 2024.

“Being back at Oregon State was quite a full-circle moment,” Knight said. 

Bracing the grid for new challenges

How do we keep the lights on?

That question weighs heavily on the minds of those who keep the nation’s electrical grid operational. It’s also been a through-line in the career of Steve Hauser, B.S. engineering physics ’76.

“It’s becoming more difficult,” said Hauser, CEO of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, one of the oldest and largest electric energy trade associations in the world.